Eat Local Month is an annual festival of local food and farms, celebrating all that Whatcom County has to offer, including “the restaurants, organizations and people who are making locally fished, forgaged and farmed food more accessible to the community,” as sponsor Sustainable Connections puts it.
As part of the celebration, the fifth annual self-guided Whatcom County farm tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 8. Almost a dozen farms in the area are on the tour, including BelleWood Acres in Lynden, Nooksack Delta Ranch in Ferndale and Edelweiss Dairy in Everson.
Visitors will have a chance to explore Whatcom County’s diverse farms, with educational and interactive activities at each stop. They can purchase hand-produced farm products and food or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch in the country. The more adventurous can take the self-guided farm tour by bike or take part in a 20-mile guided bike tour sponsored by Everybody Bike.
In addition to the farm tour, there are more than 16 food-centered events throughout the month, including local food and wine pairing on Sunday, September 9 at Masquerade Wine Company, Eat Local First BBQ at the Cordata Community Food Co-op on Saturday, September 15, and Taste Washington Day, where Whatcom school districts celebrate locally grown foods in school lunches, on Wednesday, September 26.
Sixteen farm-to-table restaurants and retailers that source locally all year round are also participating in Eat Local Month.
The Eat Local First campaign encourages people to consider buying local first – a 10 percent shift would mean at least $50 million more circulating within our community, contributing to long-term economic prosperity and providing nutritious, safe and delicious food.
The Eat Local First campaign is a project of the Food & Farming Program at Sustainable Connections. For more information, including the calendar of events and farm tour map, visit sustainableconnections.org